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Peace Day: Foundation appeals to bandits, kidnappers to ceasefire



Peace Day: Foundation appeals to bandits, kidnappers to ceasefire

By Mercy Enulue Global Peace Foundation Nigeria (GPFN) Country Director Reverend John Hayab called on bandits, kidnappers and insurgents to ceasefire and allow peace to reign in the country.

Hayab made the call at the 2021 International Day of Peace commemoration, hosted on Tuesday by Peace and Conflict Resolution (PCR) PhD Students, Nasarawa State University, Keffi.

The theme of the event is “Recover better for a fair and sustainable world”.

He urged bandits, kidnappers and insurgents to be kind enough to recognize humanity on “this special day of peace” by neither committing nor provoking any act of violence.

Hayab, who is also the chairman of the Kaduna State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), said it was imperative that criminals recognize the importance of peace.

He said the theme had been carefully selected by the United Nations to reflect and heal from the COVID-19 pandemic which had devastated the socio-economic situation of the world.

He said the daunting challenges of COVID-19 and insecurity in society would be resolved if citizens worked together.

He added that it was necessary to strive collectively, regardless of the diverse ethno-religious differences of peoples, to harness ideas, energy and resources to build resilience.

Peace, he said, should aim to transform the world into a more equal, just, equitable, inclusive, sustainable and healthier world.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the International Day of Peace is celebrated every September 21.

The United Nations General Assembly has declared September 21 a day dedicated to strengthening the ideals of peace, observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fires.

reports that the meaning of the International Day of Peace is that there should be a World Day of Peace without war and violence.

According to the UN, this should result in a temporary ceasefire in combat zones and conflict-affected areas.

The vice-chancellor of Nasarawa State University, Prof. Mohammed Bala, congratulated the students for the initiative.

He added that most of the unrest taking place across the country was motivated by selfish interests, adding that such unrest was meant for political gain.

He said everyone was created by God and no one chose to be Yoruba, Hausa or Igbo, adding that each religion can say their prayers without conflict.

He said, however, that the elite had succeeded in turning the masses against themselves out of selfish interest.

Mr. Ciatus Onuh, a PhD student in Peace and Conflict Studies, Nasarawa, State University and chair of the World Day of Peace Planning Committee, said it was imperative to put into practice what students they learnt.

He said it would be reckless not to seek peace regardless of the security issues plaguing the country, adding that there is no alternative to peace.

He said that the nationality of the criminals was not his priority but the achievement of peace in the country, stressing that the peace of the country is not negotiable.

Source: NAN

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